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Abducted Going to Gym, Billionaire Turns Up Near Tennis Court

Mohammed Dewji is now safe at home in Tanzania after 9-day ordeal

(Newser) - Africa's youngest billionaire is back home. Mohammed Dewji, who was seized Oct. 11 by masked gunmen while headed to the gym in the Tanzanian city of Dar es Salaam, has been released, the BBC reports. "I have returned home safely," his company, MeTL Group, quoted the 43-year-old... More »

Puppy Yanked in Theft Caught on Video

Chipper is now back with his owner

(Newser) - A puppy is back with its owner after being stolen from its yard in broad daylight in a dognapping that was caught on surveillance video. Matt Ivy shared the footage from Saturday in a desperate attempt to get 10-week-old Chipper back; in it, two men can be seen pulling up... More »

Rape Kit That Sat Untested for 11 Years Turns Up a Match

Darin Bolar arrested for kidnapping, rape of 14-year-old Seattle girl in 2007

(Newser) - In October 2007, a 14-year-old girl was kidnapped while looking for a pay phone in the Beacon Hill section of Seattle and repeatedly raped by her abductor over the next couple of days before escaping. Now, 11 years later, police may have their man—but they may have had him... More »

Elizabeth Smart: 'Evil' Captor 'Encouraged Him to Rape Me'

On eve of Wanda Barzee's release, Smart says she sat next to her while she was being raped

(Newser) - On Wednesday, Wanda Barzee is set to walk out of Utah State Prison a free woman—and on Tuesday, the person she helped hold captive for nine months is once more speaking out against her release. A surprise announcement earlier this month warned Elizabeth Smart, now 30, that her one-time... More »

How Mollie Tibbetts Was Allegedly Abducted

Suspect says he 'blocked out' period of time

(Newser) - Cristhian Bahena Rivera, the 24-year-old man accused of abducting and murdering University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts , has admitted following her as she went for an evening run—but claims to have blocked out key details. Rivera, who led investigators to where he had concealed her body in a cornfield,... More »

4 Girls Were Attacked. They Fought Back With Fists, Coffee

Would-be kidnapper foiled by brave tweens and teens

(Newser) - A group of girls foiled a kidnapping attempt in Michigan by throwing hot coffee on a male suspect who took off with authorities in hot pursuit. Bruce Hipkins, 22, was arrested on charges of unlawful imprisonment, assault, battery, and criminal sexual conduct minutes after police say he assaulted four girls... More »

Mom's Facebook Claim About Abduction Attempt a Lie: Cops

Chelsie Hendel allegedly posted a live video about a crime that never happened

(Newser) - An Ohio mom's Facebook video about the attempted abduction of her child in a Walmart parking lot was all made up, per local authorities. Chelsie Hendel was arrested Friday after the Marion County Sheriff's Office says the 27-year-old mother recorded a live video about her experience in the... More »

12-Year-Old Tourist Who Vanished From Airport Found Safe

JinJing Ma, who disappeared from Va. airport, was found with parents in NYC

(Newser) - A frantic hunt for a possibly abducted 12-year-old girl from China who vanished from Reagan National Airport on Thursday has ended with a sigh of relief. Local, state, and federal authorities, including the FBI, were all involved in the search for JinJing Ma, who officials said Friday had been found... More »

Jogger Fights Off Convicted Rapist

37-year-old also got help from neighbors Sunday in Bridgewater, Mass.

(Newser) - Putting up a fight, a woman managed to escape being abducted by a convicted rapist while out jogging in Massachusetts on Sunday, police say. The woman, who chose not to be identified, was running in Bridgewater around 7:30am when a man got out of his SUV and came toward... More »

Boko Haram Took More Than 100 Girls: 'We Are in Deep Pain'

Locals in Dapchi, Nigeria, are growing angry at government for murky details on recent abductions

(Newser) - Emotion is turning from shock and anguish to frustration and anger in the Nigerian town of Dapchi, where Boko Haram arrived last week and abducted more than 100 schoolgirls , an attack reminiscent of the mass kidnapping in 2014 of 276 girls from Chibok. "We are in great pain,"... More »

Abducted Girl Rescued Thanks to Observant Strangers

Thomas Lawton Evans was arrested day after Heidi Todd went missing

(Newser) - To the trio of railroad workers, the situation just seemed a bit off: While tending to track for Norfolk Southern in Alabama on Tuesday afternoon, they came upon a truck parked near the tracks. Inside was a sleeping man and a young girl—who turned out to be 4 years... More »

Woman Admits Kidnapping Newborn 20 Years Ago

Gloria Williams could get up to 22 years

(Newser) - Almost 20 years after she kidnapped a newborn baby girl from a hospital room in Florida, Gloria Williams has confessed to her crime. The 52-year-old pleaded guilty in a Jacksonville courtroom Monday to abducting baby Kamiyah Mobley, now known as Alexis Manigo, the Florida Times-Union reports. Williams, who raised the... More »

Arrested in Lana Del Rey Kidnap Plot: Man With 'Long Rap Sheet'

Orlando police say they found Michael Hunt a block away from her concert venue with a knife, tickets

(Newser) - A scary situation was diffused by the Orlando Police Friday evening right before a Lana Del Rey concert in that city's Amway Center, with Del Rey at the center of it. E! News and CNN report that 43-year-old Michael Hunt was arrested and charged with attempted kidnapping with a... More »

Woman: Stepdad Kidnapped Me, Fathered My 9 Kids

She says she wasn't even a teen when he first raped her

(Newser) - A federal grand jury in Oklahoma has indicted a 63-year-old man accused of kidnapping his stepdaughter and holding her captive for more than 20 years in Mexico and elsewhere while fathering her nine children. Henri Piette is accused of kidnapping Rosalynn McGinnis in 1995 or 1996, per a grand jury... More »

A New Clue Pops Up in Strange Case of Sherri Papini

Surveillance video shows formerly missing mom running near church shortly before she was found

(Newser) - A new clue in the case of Sherri Papini has emerged. A surveillance video shows the formerly missing California woman sprinting near a Jehovah's Witness church in Yolo County early on Thanksgiving last year, shortly before she was found by a trucker on an Interstate 5 ramp, per the... More »

New Evidence Unveiled in Weird California Kidnap Case

Male, female DNA was recovered from Sherri Papini

(Newser) - Authorities have released new details in the Sherri Papini case, almost a year after the California mother of two young children vanished after going for a jog. She disappeared on Nov. 2 last year and was next seen 22 days later, when she flagged down a passing car 150 miles... More »

Rough Weekend for 'Broken' Freed Family

Joshua Boyle says he and his wife didn't think the adjustment to freedom would be so hard

(Newser) - After five years in captivity, freedom is a lot harder than Joshua Boyle expected. The Canadian man tells CNN he and his American wife, Caitlan Coleman, and their three children are suffering. "We're pretty broken and we didn't expect this," he says. After arriving in Toronto... More »

N. Korea's Spies Took Her in '77. Trump Wants to Help Find Answers

President to meet with parents of Japan's Megumi Yokota, snatched at age 13 to serve as tutor

(Newser) - Forty years ago, a Japanese teen was abducted while walking home, one of at least 17 people kidnapped by North Korea in the '70s and '80s to serve as language and cultural tutors to the nation's spies. Now, President Trump has plans to meet with Megumi Yokota'... More »

Man Saves Missing Teen. Then, Another 'Act of Kindness'

Earl Melchert gave his $7K reward to the girl he saved

(Newser) - Two heroes have emerged in Minnesota: an abducted 15-year-old girl and the 65-year-old farmer who found her. Fox News and the Twin Cities Pioneer Press report Jasmine Block disappeared from her Alexandria home on Aug. 8, and she was reportedly held for nearly a month in an abandoned house, where... More »

Pregnant Woman's Body Found in Plastic, in River

Savanna Greywind, 22, went missing Aug. 19

(Newser) - The plastic-wrapped body of a missing North Dakota woman was found caught on a log by kayakers in the Red River on Sunday evening, ending a search that began on Aug. 19. Fargo Police Chief David Todd says that around the same time Sunday, investigators identified what the Minneapolis Star ... More »

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